1895 VAMC football team

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1895 VAMC football
Conference Independent
1895 record 4–2
Head coach Arlie C. Jones (1st season)
Captain J. Lewis Ingles
Nerbon Robert Patrick
Home stadium Sheib Field
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The 1895 VAMC football team represented Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College in the 1895 college football season. The team was led by their head coach Arlie C. Jones and finished with a record of four wins and two losses (4–2).


Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 5, 1895 at Virginia Madison Hall Field • Charlottesville, VA (Rivalry) L 0–36[1]   -
October 12, 1895 St. Albans Lutheran Boys School Sheib FieldBlacksburg, VA W 12–0[2]   600[3]
October 26, 1895 at Washington and Lee University Athletic Park[4]Lexington, VA W 30–0[5]   500[4]
November 9, 1895 4:45pm[6] at Roanoke YMCA Roanoke Athletic Club Grounds[6]Roanoke, VA W 16–2   300[6]
November 16, 1895 vs. North Carolina Charlotte, NC L 5–32   1,000[7]
November 28, 1895 11:30am[8] vs. VMI Lynchburg, VA (Rivalry) W 6–4   3,000[9]
*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern Time.
  • Source: HokieSports.com: 1895 Virginia Tech football schedule[10]


The following players were members of the 1895 football team according to the roster published in the 1896 and 1903 editions of The Bugle, the Virginia Tech yearbook.[11][12]

VAMC 1895 roster
  • Tarpley Douglas Martin


  • William Lawrence Mayer
  • Nerbon Robert Patrick (Capt.)


  • Miles Taylor Hart
  • William Lewis James


  • Sidney Johnson Thomas
  • William Kinckle Davis
  • Howard Archer Johnson
  • R. N. Watts



  • Thomas Edward Dashiell
  • Samuel Guy Bralley
  • William Franklin Cox
  • Daniel Goode Cunningham
  • Herbert
  • Paul Judson Norfleet
  • Obediah Francis Whitehurst
  • Samuel Spotswood Wills
  • John Hoge Woolwine

Season summary[edit]


On October 5, 1895, VAMC played their first game of the season against the University of Virginia at Madison Hall Field in Charlottesville, Virginia and lost 0–36.[1] Virginia scored in the first five minutes of the game, with a rushing touchdown by quarterback Archie Hoxton.[1] VAMC failed to get within 25 yards of the end zone during the entire game.[1]

St. Albans[edit]

VAMC played St. Albans Boys Lutheran School on October 12, 1895 and won 12–0 in front of 600 spectators.[3] Neither team scored points in the first half, but VAMC scored two touchdowns in the second half, with T. D. Martin kicking two successful extra points.[3]

Washington and Lee[edit]

VAMC played their third game of the season on October 26, 1895 against Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA with 500 in attendance.[4] VAMC halfback A. P. Eskridge recorded a forty five-yard run and a touchdown, and halfback J. Lewis Ingles had an eighty five-yard touchdown run.[4] The other touchdowns were scored by Miles Hart (2) and William Mayer.[4]

Roanoke YMCA[edit]

On November 9, 1895, VAMC played against the Roanoke YMCA on the Roanoke Athletic Club grounds in front of 300 people.[6] VAMC scored a touchdown within the first ten minutes of play, and then on the next drive, VAMC turned the ball over on downs.[6] Roanoke then passed the ball to their fullback Meade, who then attempted a failed dropkick.[6] On the very next play, VAMC scored a rushing touchdown.[6] VAMC then scored again six minutes into the second half.[6] Roanoke was then able to drive down the field and made it to the four-yard line, but then their halfback S. Handy fumbled and it was recovered by VAMC.[6] However, Roanoke YMCA was then able to record a safety, their only points of the game.[6] The game was then called because of darkness, and VAMC won 16–2.[6]

North Carolina[edit]

VAMC lost a second game on November 16, 1895 against the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, North Carolina with 1,000 looking on.[7] North Carolina scored three touchdowns in the first half and then scored two more touchdowns in the second half.[7] VAMC then drove to North Carolina's three-yard line, but was stopped on downs.[7] The final score was 5–32.

Virginia Military Institute[edit]

On November 28, 1895, VAMC played their final game of the season against the Virginia Military Institute in Lynchburg, Virginia in front 3,000 spectators.[9] VMI was the first team to put points on the board, when their halfback Dickinson scored a rushing touchdown at the end of the first half.[9] However, VAMC's Miles Hart was able to rush into the end zone for a touchdown and R. N. Watts kicked the extra point to win the game, 6–4.[8][9]


  1. ^ a b c d "Blacksburg Goes Down". The Times. Library of Virginia. October 6, 1895. p. 7. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ "A Great Game for Blacksburg". The Times. Library of Virginia. October 13, 1895. p. 19. Retrieved October 24, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Foot Ball at Blacksburg". The Richmond Dispatch. Library of Virginia. October 13, 1895. p. 15. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "The Games on the Gridiron". The Times. Library of Virginia. October 27, 1895. p. 1. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ "A Splendid Game". Richmond Dispatch. Library of Virginia. October 27, 1895. p. 21. Retrieved October 24, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Football - Exciting Game Between the Roanoke Y.M.C.A. and V.A. and M.C. Teams". The Roanoke Daily Times. Library of Virginia. November 10, 1895. p. 1. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Blacksburg Defeated". The Times. Library of Virginia. November 17, 1895. p. 1. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Great Game at Lynchburg". The Times. Library of Virginia. November 29, 1895. p. 2. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Blacksburg Victorious". The Richmond Dispatch. Library of Virginia. November 29, 1895. p. 1. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  10. ^ Virginia Tech Football Past Schedules "1895–1896". Virginia Tech Sports Information Department, Hokiesports.com. Accessed November 3, 2015.
  11. ^ "The Bugle 1896". Virginia Tech Bugle. 1896. Retrieved 2015-11-04. 
  12. ^ "The Bugle 1903" (PDF). Virginia Tech Bugle. 1903. p. 129. Retrieved 2015-11-04.